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Boston Food Events: Baking to Fight Breast Cancer, Feasting for Firefighters

By Scott Kearnan
May 5, 2014

Monday. Newton bistro Sycamore prides itself on focusing on local cuisine. But on Mondays the west-of-Boston 'burb heads to the East with "Big Trouble in Little Sycamore," an a la carte Asian concept available from 9-11:30 PM. Among the offerings: salt & pepper shrimp ($9), ssäm of grilled belly and steamed rice with kohlrabi ($9) and house ramen ($15) in tonkotsu broth with a soy-marinated egg. You can wash them down with Asian-inflected sips like Chang Beer and a Singapore Sling. 

Tuesday. This week sees the launch of Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, an annual fundraiser in which restaurants and bakeries across the area designate a certain dessert that's sales benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. (Satisfy a sweet tooth and contribute to potentially life-saving research? Check, please.) The campaign runs through Sunday, May 11, but take advantage of the thinner event field tonight to contribute. There are nearly 300 participating spots, but maximize your meal by choosing a restaurant from the "The 50% Club" of spots that contribute to the cause a full half of all their dessert sales during the week. That club includes Beat Hotel, Bondir and Tres Gatos, among others. Find more info here

Wednesday. On Wednesday, May 7, Davio's will host a special tasting event to benefit families of fallen firefighters. Starting at 6:30 PM, reps from over 25 restaurants will gather at the Back Bay Italian steakhouse so that guests can graze upon their delicious offerings: Expect to see Cinquecento, Mistral, Row 34, and Stella, among many more. Your $200 ticket gets you access to all you can eat noshes plus an open bar, and a live auction will be hosted by KISS 108 and Dining Playbook personality Billy Costa. All the proceeds will benefit the families of Lt. Edward Walsh Jr. and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, who passed in last month's Back Bay fire. Get tickets in advance here.

Thursday. Another day, another chance to eat well and do some good. On Thursday, May 8, head to The Langham, Boston for a cocktail party at 5:30 PM that kicks off LifeSavor 2014, the annual fundraiser for Community Servings: a nonprofit delivering healthy meals to the homes of those with chronic illnesses. After you clink your glasses, you'll be whisked to a multi-course dinner at one of 80 of Boston's best restaurants; participants this year include Rialto, Lumiere, Trade (pictured) and Top of the Hub. Then it's a trolley trip back to the Langham for an after-party, which includes a slew of luxury silent auction items. You can buy individual tickets ($300; $200 for cocktail party only) or reserve a table for 10 with friends right here.

Places Mentioned

Cinquecento Roman Trattoria

Italian • South End

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Rialto Restaurant

Italian • Cambridge

Food25 Decor24 Service24 Cost$58
 
 
 
sycamore.

Bistro • Newton

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Top of the Hub

American • Back Bay

Food22 Decor27 Service24 Cost$50
 
 
 
Bondir Restaurant

American • Cambridge

Food27 Decor24 Service25 Cost$58
 
 
 
Mistral

French • Back Bay

Food28 Decor27 Service26 Cost$66
 
 
 
Lumière

French • Newton

Food28 Decor24 Service27 Cost$57
 
 
 
Stella Restaurant

Italian • South End

Food25 Decor24 Service23 Cost$40
 
 
 
Tres Gatos

Tapas Bar • Jamaica Plain

Food23 Decor20 Service21 Cost$28
 
 
 
Trade

Mediterranean • Waterfront

Food24 Decor23 Service20 Cost$46
 
 
 
Food25 Decor25 Service25 Cost$49
 
 
 
Beat Hotel

Bar • Cambridge

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Row 34

Seaport District

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